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The child's biological mother was accused of abusing one of her stepchildren in 2007. The charge was later dropped. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault and was sentenced to six years behind bars.
WBBJ asked attorney Mitchell Tollison what families in this situation can do. He said judges do not have to take young children's preference into Saucony Grid Sd Salmon
Under Tennessee law, stepparents do not have legal rights in custody hearings. Also, children under the age of 12 don't have a legal voice. McKenny says her step son is 11.
Kellye McKenny, the Saucony Kinvara 8 child's stepmother, says under the law there is nothing she can do.
Stepmother heartbroken after losing custody
"Sometimes people think 'Why would you plead guilty to something you didn't do? I wouldn't do that.' That's easy to say until you're going to face the prospect of going in front of a jury," Tollison said.
"The law might not be on my side, but it should be," McKenny said.
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years was ordered to be given back to his biological mother.
McKenny tells WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News she was ordered to give custody of her stepson back to the biological mother or face jail time.
The judge in this case tells WBBJ he believes the child is not in any danger with the biological mother. The mother's lawyer also emphasized to Channel 7 that her client was never convicted Saucony London Edition
consideration during custody cases.
of child abuse.
"It tore my heart apart knowing there was nothing I could do," McKenny said. "There's not a band aid I can put on it to fix it. There's nothing I could absolutely do."
"These judges have to make calls every day, and it's just a tough thing to do. Do they get it right every time? I think they will tell you they don't get it right, but I think they try to do it the best they can," Tollison said.
McKenny tells WBBJ she doesn't believe uprooting her stepson from his routine was in his best interest.
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